Lamb Stew

According to Chinese medicine Lamb is one of the most effective foods with which to build blood and warm up the circulation – it is recommended that the lamb be prepared as a stew in a slow cooker/crock-pot, or slow cooked on the stove, with root vegetables and nutritious nutrients and herbs & spices.  Be creative with this recipe and make changes and variations as you wish.


  1. Take a few pieces of lean lamb, and add to a large pot.
  2. Next, add: Chopped onions, garlic, ginger, chives/green onions, and chopped fresh parsley
  3. Add whatever is available of the following seasonal root vegetables: Chopped sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, potatoes, turnips, etc. 
  4. Add some dark greens, such as chopped spinach, bok choy, or kale, etc.
  5. Add a hand full of dried prunes (pitted)
  6. Add one tablespoon of Blackstrap Molasses
  7. You may add a bit of Tamarind paste for taste and nutritious value
  8. Add the following herbs and spices: 1 tsp of Sea Salt, ½ tsp of Black pepper, 1 tsp Turmeric, ¼ tsp Cayenne pepper, ½ tsp of powdered coriander seeds, 1 tsp of Paprika, 1 tsp of Thyme, 1 tsp of Rosemary, and ½ tsp of Sage
  9. Lastly Add: 2 cups of Water, 1/2 cup of Juice (Orange, Mango, OR Prune)
  10. Turn slow cooker on and let it cook all day or night!  If you are slow cooking it on the stove, bring to a boil and let it simmer on slow temperature for at least 2 hours – check on it regularly and stir the pot – add more water if necessary to make sure it maintains a nice stew-like consistency. 
  11. You may consider adding tomato/vegetable blend/soup as a base for variety OR consider using coconut milk and curry-based spices to make a nice coconut curry stew, OR use Lemongrass to add flavor.

Happy cooking – If it doesn’t turn out the way you want it the first time, keep adding and removing ingredients until you make it just right for you 🙂

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Shreya Soni ND

Shreya Soni ND

Dr. Soni is a naturopathic doctor practicing in San Jose, CA. She is an expert at investigating underlying causes of complex health issues with a major emphasis on endometriosis. Her training includes naturopathic medical residency from the University of California Irvine, doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia.

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